Former Pailan Arrows defender, Prathamesh Maulingkar has officially signed for Dempo Sports Club today

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Former Pailan Arrows defender, Prathamesh Maulingkar has officially signed for Dempo Sports Club today at their club house in Panjim.

Hailing from Mapusa in North Goa, the 21 year old Prathamesh impressed everyone with his performances at the AFC U-22 Asia Cup Qualifiers at Oman. He is expected to play a key role in the Dempo defence as several of their key defenders are nursing Injuries. Mahesh Gawli is reported to be out for at least 6 weeks due to a muscle injury while the others suffer from minor niggles periodically.

After honing his skills with Dempo SC Junior teams, Prathamesh joined Arrows in 2010 following satisfactory performances at the sub-junior tournaments. He was also selected for the Indian team participating in the U-22 Asian cup qualifiers, "It was my first International Tournament and playing against Iraq, UAE, Oman, Lebanon and other teams gave me a lot of confidence. It changed me as a player" said the 6.1 ft towering central defender at the club house.

Pailan Arrows have been swift and prompt in replying to Dempo sports Clubs request for releasing Prathamesh. They have observed his transition phase and believe that he is ready to take the next step. "We had requested the AIFF to release him and the federation has given a green signal. He will be our player for the ongoing I-League matches" said Head Coach Armando Colaco.

Shillong Lajong FC Part Ways With Desmond Bulpin : New Coach Thangboi Singto.

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Shillong Lajong Football club has relieved Chief Coach Desmond Bulpin of his duties. Assistant Coach Thangboi Singto will take charge as Interim coach with immediate effect.

"Thangboi has been with the team since 2009 and has two and a half seasons of I League experience besides a stint in the second division in 2010/11 season, when Shillong Lajong qualified again in the I league. We have faith in his abilities", said Larsing M Sawyan, the General Secretary of Shillong Lajong Football Club.

He also said, "The club would like to place in record the valuable contributions of Desmond Bulpin in the Youth Development system of the Club, which we believe will pay dividends in the near future. We thank him for his services and the commitment showed to the Club. We wish him all the best for the future. Our immediate goal is to concentrate on the next 2 home games and the away game at Salgaocar before the break".

INDIA AMONG THE 64 PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES IN 2013 HOMELESS WORLD CUP IN POZNAN, POLAND

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Teams representing 64 countries will participate in the 11th annual Homeless World Cup which will take place in Poznan, Poland from 10th to 18th August 2013 at the Malta Regatta Course. 48 countries will participate in the men's competition and 16 in the women's competition.

The Homeless World Cup appoints one partner organisation per country to coordinate all year-round football activities amongst homeless and marginalised people in 70 countries. The lives of homeless people are changed substantially as a result of being involved in football. "I was on the street and then I started playing football and thankfully I was lucky enough to be selected to represent my country," said James Horsburgh, a former player. "It completely changed my way of thinking and now I have a house and a job."

Players are selected to represent their country in the fast and furious street soccer format which is really exciting to watch with winning goals being scored with seconds to go. Chile is the holder of the Homeless World Cup after their stunning victory last year while Mexico won the Women's Homeless World Cup. But the event is always transformational and every player is a winner.

Last year's event which was held in the famous Zocalo Square in the centre of Mexico City was a huge success with 168,000 spectators turning up to watch the grit and glory of the Homeless World Cup. The excitement should be no different this year.

Ryszard Grobelny, the Mayor of Poznan said: "For years, Poznan has been an important location on the sports map of the world, which is reflected in the fact that some of the most important sports events are held here. We are delighted to have won the bid to host the event in Poznan and we guarantee that Poznan will give a very special welcome to the teams and spectators from all over the world. Like other countries we are determined to tackle extreme poverty and recognise the power of football to change lives."

Maciej Gudra, the President of Polish Homeless National Street Soccer Team Association added: "We have participated in all of the Homeless World Cups to date and we are thrilled to host this significant global event in Poznan. It will help us in our efforts to tackle homelessness here in Poland and hopefully expand our reach but it will also be a brilliant footballing event."

The following 48 countries will participate in the Homeless World Cup:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India , Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, USA, Wales.